Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Inspiration from fabric and a not very random quilt top.

Does anyone else find their inspiration in the fabric? Colour and print tickle my brain more than anything else and leave me feeling energised and wanting to create.

This fabric stack made its way oh so slowly from the states only to be held hostage by HMRC for an eye wateringly large sum (does anyone else think they actively look for our fabric orders?) Once I had freed the pretties and got them home I wanted to start cutting straight away!

Beaches and ice creams and sunsets and I think I need Spring to make an appearance! 
These stripes have made their way into a patchwork pillowcase that is nearly finished, well truth be told I *could* say it's finished but I'm deciding if I want to add any embellishments before its ticked off the list. 

The second half of the fabric stack shows my appreciation for Anna Maria Horner's designs. When some of the lines came out I just didn't have the fabric funds to get them so I swooped on them like a hawk this time around :)
The next 2 photos are ones that I wasn't intending to show on the blog (So please do excuse the clutter, creases and general lack of photographic quality!)  I photograph my quilts as I make them for a few different reasons, I took these so I could refer back to them for fabric placement while I sew.  

I am so pleased I took this photo then called it a night. I took my phone downstairs and got myself a snack then had a look at my photos and all I could see were Biohazard signs! I Really dislike this layout with these fabrics! 
The next morning I went into salvage mode, chopped up some more of the pretties from the stack and went with a "random layout"...Never has a quilt top been less randomly laid out! If I put the fabrics in a paper bag and pull them randomly I WILL end up with the same prints side by side, every blinking time! So as only another quilter can truly appreciate this is "a not very random at all, random quilt lay out"

Again please excuse the above photo it was taken as a reference photo, you know incase the random muddles its self up while I move it form the wall to the sewing machine. 

And this is where we are at now. I am very happy with how this one is coming along, it's my first equilateral triangle quilt top and I already have another in mind as I like this one that much! I have my eyes on a spool of Aurifil 12wt in a lilac variegated for some machine quilting so I will let you know how that goes soon! 


  1. Your fabrics are so gorgeous that I hope actually receiving them makes up a bit for the customs ordeal. I find the post office handling fee the worst thing - it's their job to handle mail! I love the stripes and the triangle layout is really beautiful :)

  2. oh I love the change you made. It definitely looks much better 'random' than in the biohazard design! LOL - that's a happy accident.

  3. Lovely lovely lovely!!! Have you seen Nicky's hexi quilt ? She added more random into the mix! ( mrs sew and sow) and Deborah o 'hare has just blogged about one like yours but with the addition of random hand embtoidery, it's fab !


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